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Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism

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The "evangelical feminism" movement is addressed by 22 men and women who have commited their talents to produce the most thorough response yet to the issues raised. All main passages of Scripture that are relevant to the questions are considered.
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
May 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to any Christian who wants to think in terms of our Arab patriarchal thinking where women are owned
My manhood has to be recovered? Once a man always a man. I don't have to stress my manhood to any woman. She should feel safe and secure around me as I lead by example, by being a man of prayer fully devoted to the spiritual life. If she see that, it will be she who will head over with heels for anything going on in my spiritual life. But if I keep reminding the lady about who is head and how much of a "head" I have, she will be pushed away. Why put a wedge between the genders? Why not seek unit ...more
Chad Barnes
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The single most thorough work I've seen on biblical manhood and womanhood. Arguing from a complementarian perspective, Piper and Grudem's work is practical, but also a difficult, thoroughly exegetical, theologically rich read that is not for the faint of heart. I would venture to call this the finest work on biblical manhood and womanhood in print outside of the Bible itself, but would warn that it's content is undoubtedly on par with that of a seminary course.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Because Recovering
While I ultimately disagree with the conclusions of this book, it is a well-written and argued case for complementarianism. The greatest strength of the book is its exegetical work and its breadth (including forays in law, psychology, and biology). I found the core biblical argument unconvincing, but again, well-stated. I cannot recommend this book as a resource for better understanding the roles of men and women in the church, but I do recommend it as the classic statement of the complementaria ...more
Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this volume as part of an individual study with a former student of mine at Temple U. She was interested in the evangelical "biblical equality" movement and included this book on her reading list. (She also included another anthology by later antagonists: Discovering Biblical Equality, eds. Pierce and Groothuis.)

A few of the chapters in Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood are written by the editor, John Piper. This was my first encounter with Piper, and in the past few years, I have
Sarah Casbeer
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church
Maddening, but to be fair...comprehensive and well written.
Leeann Head
Nov 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Does not follow Christ's example of sincere & servant-hearted equality of male & female believers. Disappointed. Phoebe, a female deacon, is praised by Paul, plus other female Christians as active in God's work. Recent search for a balanced bible church uncovered one with this motto listed as what they strive for..i.e.subjugating Christian women in all roles-even secular (!!) vs. empowering women to go beyond dangerously lukewarm participation in all areas of life. A dismal gag-order for ...more
it's for response will probably be "No Comment"
Kirsten Kinnell
Jul 15, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i couldn't disagree with Piper and Grudem more.
Pastor Matt
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the risk of being unduly repetitive, this is a work that EVERY minister needs to have at hand.
Alexis Neal
An excellent text on, well, biblical manhood and womanhood. The authors are not trying to convince the secular world of the validity of complementarian gender roles--they seek only to defend complementarianism against the egalitarianism popular among evangelical feminists. Some of the essays were more persuasive than others (as is often the case), and I do wish they'd spent a little time encouraging women of God's sovereign ability to bless their efforts at biblical womanhood (since so many of u ...more
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
22 contributing authors including Elisabeth Elliot, John Piper, Wayne Grudem, and Ray Ortlund Jr. Not written to necessarily be read in its entirety. ( I skipped the appendixes and notes) Very in depth study of what Biblical manhood and womanhood is-an examination of aythe culture, meanings of the Greek words and a realistic view of to apply all of that in today’s world. Topics/chapters include: Male-Female equality, Male headship, What it means not to teach or have authority over men, Rearing m ...more
Andrew Bradbeer
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't agree with everything written by every contributor - in particular some of the suggestions that women should relate to all men with respectful submission, encouraging them to lead. Even if the woman was in a position of authority in a secular job.

That seemed to be taking it too far, and beyond what the Bible says.

However, as I get older I am more and more sympathetic to the perspectives put forward by most of the authors. I also respect the biblical sholarship of Grudem et. al. An impor
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, 2012
Important, solid biblical instruction for Christians. As others have mentioned, this is more of a textbook or reference guide than a sit-down-and-read-cover-to-cover book, but if you can do the latter, DO. This is such valuable work. From a personal standpoint, it gave me so much hope that eventually Christians, and one day the world, can see eye to eye on this integral issue.

Would love to see an updated version with notes containing recent statistics, as the book was written in the early nineti
Micah Lugg

This book was originally written a decade ago, but it still stands as the best work on the biblical roles of men and women. The authors present sound exegesis and cogent theological reasoning. The church needs to be speaking to these issues of sexuality, equality, and personhood, for they are some of the most decisive issues of our day.

I heartily recommend all Christians to read this book, for believers need to be reminded what the Bible says about the roles of men and women.
Kim Winters
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The reason christian fellowship has become boring and two-dimensional is in part owing to our individual and corporate ignorance of our God-designed biblical manhood and womanhood and the ways in which our embracing (and/or rejecting) that design impacts intimacy between believers. This book guides us back to the soul satisfying fellowship Jesus Christ died to make possible.
Andy Hickman
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I admire their scholarship but topically I think they have missed it.

Grudem, Wayne, and John Piper, eds. Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006.
J.R. Coltaine
This is the most comprehensive defense of traditional complementarianism out there, featuring a number of scholars from the reformed tradition and covering a wide range of topics regarding men and women, masculinity and femininity. While comprehensive, the book is fairly outdated now, with most of the articles directed at more extreme positions within evangelical feminism. I wish there was an updated version of this book that interacted with the work of more moderate positions and exegesis from ...more
A powerful and necessary account of the complementation position. Comprehensive. As a book in and of itself, somewhat lacking. As advertised, this is not a book to read cover to cover.
- The introductory chapters by Piper and Grudem were good. Piper's "Vision of Biblical Complementarity" is particularly helpful, and is available as a standalone book.
- The Exegetical and Theological Studies were excellent. To my mind these first two sections provide the main value of the book.
- The Studies from
this book doesn't lend itself well to my half attention sometimes full attention others style of listening. Like others have said it's a lot like a comprehensive reference book on Biblical gender issues. The parts that I did listen to carefully left me feeling reassured that in general it was a well written/logical and substantive work. It really sticks close to scripture, addressing and expanding extensively on each passage dealing with gender roles. In the later articles it talks more about th ...more
Jared Daugherty
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read for beleivers in Christ Jesus and knowing the importance of gender distinction that was set apart by God for the family as well as for the church. It simple really and we se that most of the problems we see in the home and in the church are a direct consequence of violating God's plans and created order. It is not sexist, but beautiful and ordained by God. Husbands are the head of their wives in the same way that Christ is the head of the church. There can be no other way. Tw ...more
This book has a few solid essays (the ones by D. A. Carson, Douglas Moo, and Vern Sheridan Poythress, in particular), some frustrating essays that have little evidence (biblical or otherwise) to back up their theses, and then some scientific essays regarding psychological and biological differences between men and women that are now outdated. The book is worth reading, but I suggest borrowing it before you buy it.
Paul Jeon
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Anthology" of essays written from what is often dubbed a conservative evangelical perspective. Though somewhat dated many of the essays are still as pertinent today as when the book was first published. People's dislike for the position held by the authors may reveal more about them than the authors. Recommended for all, especially for those who hold a different position. At the very least it'll get you thinking, which is one mark of any good book.
A book full of great scholarship that takes years to process. Enlightening to read, instructional to reread. Edited by Grudem, with some article contributions by him, scholars examine specific passages of Scripture in light of contemporary application. Reinforced and matured my thinking on the Biblical teaching of the role of women in home, church and society.
Aug 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I probably will never read this book in its entirety and it was not really written with that purpose. I have enjoyed the chapters that I have read--they highlight some vital questions that I have asked so many times, with no one brave enough to give me answers. There are various contributers to this book that offer their own insights and scholarly knowledge.
Christopher Waugh
I'm reading the most recent edition with the contribution from John Piper and others. This is an essential book for understanding the great divide of the home. A precise look at why complementarianism is the most faithful to the biblical narrative and egalitarianism is harmful to the structure of the family.
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is like a textbook of articles and papers written by different authors on a Biblical perspective of what it means to be created and function as a man, and what it means to be created and function as a woman. I think it should be on every bookshelf.
J. Rutherford
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A solid exegetical look at what scripture teachs on the complementary but distinct roles for men and women. Answers the challenges raised by evangelical feminism fairly but proficiently and shows how it is, historically, a minority position.
Stacy Moss
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a woman? This work is the great resource for understanding how God created man and woman both significant, yet with each having a different role.
L. R. Bouligny Bouligny
Excellent. A systematic approach to combating the unbiblical philosophies of cultural feminism. A must-have for pastors and laypeople to plumb the depths of this topic and discover what God has ordained as the roles for men and women.
Sep 20, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Heavy stuff from Mr. Piper. The biblical roles are indeed a high calling.
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John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethe
“This point is often missed by evangelical feminists. They conclude that a difference in function necessarily involves a difference in essence; i.e., if men are in authority over women, then women must be inferior. The relationship between Christ and the Father shows us that this reasoning is flawed. One can possess a different function and still be equal in essence and worth. Women are equal to men in essence and in being; there is no ontological distinction, and yet they have a different function or role in church and home. Such differences do not logically imply inequality or inferiority, just as Christ’s subjection to the Father does not imply His inferiority.” 10 likes
“Authority does not authenticate my person. Authority is not a privilege to be exploited to build up my ego. Authority is a responsibility to be borne for the benefit of others without regard for oneself.This alone is the Christian view.” 0 likes
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